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‘‘.ROCKY SECTION” (illustrated), by Sydney Partridge—Steele Rudd and Co. The vicissitudes .of Australian bush-life are writ large across the pages of this entertaining story. Sydney Partrigo has the see j ing eye, and a capable descriptive faculty. Pier boob, couched in terms of autobiography, tells the simple life-stories of Ray Templcr and Reina Cordova. Hero and heroine no doubt, but types still more, and in many instances, mere nonentities by which to introduce the glory and glamour of the bush. .For the charm of this volume lies not so much in its characters, but in the atmosphere and local colour—the bushscape being linned with tender care, indeed, caressed by the author, and one can see the changing seasons pass “Rocky Section'’ and shout : “This is Australia." The book opens in gloom and tragedy, but later the clouds lift, and at last a full noon sun is shining. There is very little “plot." and to recapitulate would be unfair. However, the work is a Aery creditable production, clever and interesting. and must necessarily find a large public in Australasia. It ably maintains the dignity of its sub-title : “An Australian Romance.” “THE BOOK LOVER” (current issue), published at Melbourne, is the liveliest literary journal in Australasia. Me can conceive of nothing so good in its own line, and more blatant magazines Avould. do well to offer it “the sincerest flattery.” It is a cheap review—price threepence —■ coming out once a month, and alive with genuine bookish interest. Nothing local English, or American of import to the bookman (or bookwoman) is omitted, while the editor all the time is full of “wise saws and modern instances." It is the personal element which giA'es the publication finality. There is no attempt to surprise the reader, the oracle speaks, his experience is wide, and we simply listen. Altogether a magazine of enthusiasm.

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Literary., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907

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Literary. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907

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